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Germany Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg 3 Kreuzer  1668 to 1670
Germany Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg 3 Kreuzer 1668 to 1670

What an amazing coin, Ernie! These small silver denominations were issued by the old German state of Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg, written on the coin as 'SIL', 'LIGNIC', and 'BREGENS', respectively.

The person on the coin is Christian, Duke of Brieg, who lived from 1618 to 1672. Christian was a noble of the House of Piast - a family which had earlier ruled Poland, and can be traced back to the mid-10th century.

The coin in our picture is from Beast Coins, a seller in Florida that specializes in rare and exotic coins. His coin is 21-22 millimeters in diameter, and weighs 1.59 grams. It is being sold for $65, which is a great price for such a coin, which would grade just above 'well preserved'.

The catalogs report the same values for all three dates of these coins:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $70
fully preserved: $150

A coin that is bent, scratched or poorly cleaned will be worth less. Your slightly concave coin, Ernie, is probably not damaged. These coins were produced with a rolled flan, which means that hot piece of silver was rolled with the blacksmithing equivalent of a rolling pin. Sometimes, this would produce a slightly concave flan as the metal cooled down, and the tension would warp the coin slightly. This is not a perfect example of a coin, but it should not reduce the value.

As always, refer to our 'Important Terminology' page in order to properly understand what the term 'catalog value' means.

Coin: 14870 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Ernie68, Mon, 08-Jul-2013 22:01:03 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 10-Jul-2013 02:43:59 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 25-Jun-2015 02:26:14 GMT
Requester description: 1669 Obverse: christianus d g dux sil. Portrait with denomination 3 under in a ring. Reverse: eagle flanked at its feet with letters C on left and B on right side. Crown above head. Text: LIGNIC BREGENS & WOLAV 1669 Coin is slightly concave. 3 kreuzer
Tags: germany silesia liegnitz brieg 3 kreuzer deustch bundesrepublik deutchland bundsrepublik deutschen deutiches deutsches deutscherlander deuches bundesrepublic germanic bundesrublika deutschland dutchland deutsch deutsche deut deutshen bundesrepublika deutscher german devtsch deutches deutchlands deutchen deutschlands devtscher christianus christ dux sil denomination ring circle eagle flanked flank feet letters monogram crown head lignic bregens wolav concave christianvs christianiss christian circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed eaglets egals egal eagles eagel flanks flanking script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera ligitz lignitz hawk falcon crescent moon

  

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